What's the best way to purchase London theater tickets at a reasonable cost? Ahead of time? The day of the performance? This will be our first time in London.
The TKTS booth in Leicester Square is well known. You used to have to go only in person, there’s an online option now as well.
You can also look at the TodayTix app which I’ve found to be excellent for discount tickets.
Also, check out Theatre Monkey, an excellent guide to everything about London Theatre
Discounted same day tickets are available from tkts online or in person at their booths in London. Midweek has the best availability.
The most popular shows are unlikely to have availability or offer discounts. If there is a particular show you want to see then you can book in advance. Seats are a standard price whether you book 1 year or 1 week ahead.
Only use vendors that are part of the STAR scheme
Also be aware that lots of discount tickets are discounted expensive tickets when cheaper full price seats in great locations are still for sale. They might be discounted but they aren't always the best option
We always get tickets at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. We decide which show to see based on what’s available that day.
Thanks everyone. Your comments are very helpful.
If you really want to see a specific show and are ok with paying full price, the best way is to purchase from the agent that serves as the official box office for the theatre. The theatremonkey website is an excellent resource and lists the official box office info.
On the theatremonkey website, select the venue where the show you want to see is playing. For example, if you want to see Hamilton, select Victoria Palace Theatre. Under ”Buying Tickets Online”, they list the agents supporting the official box office, Theatremonkey also shows seating plans and provides opinions on seat choice.
The TKTS booth is an excellent way to buy discount tickets on the day of the show; however, they don’t sell tickets for all shows. You can check their website to get an idea of what shows might be available.
I usually do a mix of both.